Kemosabe is a three year old Australian shepherd who, when he’s not on the road with Tigger, likes to hang out at BioStar — taste-testing products and herding the FedEx delivery guys. The pair have been working on a new line of Biostar whole food supplements for dogs ever since ‘Sabe can remember, so while Tigger has been busy formulating, ‘Sabe has taken to chronicling the entire experience to share with you all…
Kemosabe: I have been working on the BioStar K9 Line for three years: taste testing, reviewing formulas, researching, requesting formula changes, having meetings with the other Biostar canines — Lazurus, Grandpa, Rusty — and members of my own pack: Spirit, Jar Jar Binks, Cake Walk, and the interloper puppy Thunderbear. On top of all that I have to manage the humans. But I digress…
For us canines, there are two important factors when designing whole food supplements for dogs: it has to taste good, and it has to work. Of course, Tigger is a Sugar Nazi, so the products can’t have dextrose, or refined sugar, or molasses, or even honey. The formulas have to be GMO-free and grain-free as well.
One of the supplements for dogs that I created is Asta Zan-14. Mind you, I didn’t name the product — that was Tigger’s doing. I would have called it SuperDog, because it makes me feel so good. Even though I’m only 4 years old, I have some shoulder/joint issues, which I think come from when that car hit me and broke my pelvis at age 11 months. When I run hard, or play hard, the shoulder gets a little ouchy. In horse speak I am a little “irregular”. We tried NSAIDs from the vet, but they didn’t make much difference. We also tried a turmeric blend, but it didn’t seem to help. What helped the most was just rest, but you can only keep an Aussie like me quiet for so long, and I didn’t want to spend my life imitating a couch potato on a leash.
Then I read about a study of sled dogs eating a micro-algae called Astaxanthin, and how it improved endurance and reduced oxidative stress. It also has anti-inflammatory actions.
I took the Astaxanthin mixed with some blueberries, and turmeric, and in three days I felt awesome. I wasn’t sore anymore and I was sound! Even Tigger was shocked… and it takes a lot to surprise her.
I also had a paw in the label design process as well as packaging. You will see my picture on the Optimum K9 line, along with Flex Well K9 and hemp seed oil…I don’t know how Thunderbear conned his way onto the liver treat label.
You will notice that, thanks to me, three of the new canine formulas are in glass jars, not plastic. Tigger says glass is non-porous, and impermeable, with no chemical interactions so that all the ingredients inside the bottle keep their potency. Tigger says this is important for ingredients like bovine colostrum, probiotics, and Astaxanthin. I also think glass is better than plastic for Mother Nature.
May the paws be with you,
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